Maharashtra launches doorstep surveys after first Zika virus case found in Pune

State health department is conducting a doorstep survey and monitoring people after first case of Zika virus.

Maharashtra launches doorstep survey after the first case of Zika virus reported in Pune.

 

A 50 year old woman was found infected with the Zika virus in Pune's Belsar village. And, six other persons have been found to be infected with chikungunya and one with dengue currently all are undergoing treatment for the same.

 

Maharashtra's health department in a collaboration with the community has launched doorstep surveys and an awareness campaign in nearly 10 villages.

 

While, the Union Health Ministry has sent a multidisciplinary team to the state to monitor the situation as well as to support the state authorities in the management of Zika virus cases.

 

Maharashtra state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate told a leading daily that the Central team is expected to visit Belsar either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

The state surveillance officer also said that they will be informed about the status and how the health department with the administration and villagers is containing the mosquito population by chemical, biological and personal protection.

 

Dr Awate said eight to ten adjoining villages have a population of 10,000 residents out of they have covered 3,000 during the ongoing house-to-house survey.

 

Maharashtra's health department stated that the Union Health Ministry has sent a medical team that visited Belsar village, Pune on Saturday and met the sarpanch and gram panchayat members and instructed them about preventive measures.

 

Zika virus spreads through the bite of the aedes aegypti type of mosquitoes and most patients do not have symptoms of it. The common symptoms if the virus include fever, body ache and conjunctivitis and pregnant women should be more careful.

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